It’s always such an honor to contribute to Martha Stewart Weddings. In the summer issue, we answered a reader’s question about discussing dress code and attire with your vendors. While most vendors follow the industry standard (black), not all do. We offered some tips on navigating that conversation. Here’s a little insta snap of the article. xoxo
One of the most important things to do once a budget has been established and blessed by everyone contributing is to map out a wedding agenda — as much of one as is possible at the beginning of planning. The agenda will give you answers to the basic questions you’ll need to answer as you enter the next phase of planning: hiring vendors. Do I need a photographer for eight hours or ten? How long should my band contract be? How much time should I allocate for photographs? Should I take photographs before the ceremony or after or both? When should hair and makeup begin? What time should the bus pick up my guests? etc.
But how do you start crafting a wedding agenda — where do you start? The ceremony time is generally a good starting point. Ideally your ceremony will begin just before “golden hour,” which is the time of day just before sunset when the light is dreamy and photographs look their best. Once you’ve determined what time your ceremony will begin and how long it will last, you can move on to thinking about how to structure photography before and after your ceremony.
In my experience, the trickiest part of crafting an agenda is in finding consensus around the photo/shot list. Since the posed photographs before and after the ceremony are driving timing to such a large extent, I would recommend tackling this first. Your photographer will most likely provide a suggested list of photographs.
Most couples schedule about an hour of photographs prior to the ceremony. This allows the photographer time to photograph the bride, bridesmaids and her family, as well as the groom, groomsmen and the groom’s family unhurried before vows are exchanged. You can decide if you’d like to do a first look then, too.
Once you’ve developed a list of pre-ceremony photographs, you’ll develop a list that will be taken after the ceremony. Then, you can easily back out time earlier in the day for hair, make-up, getting ready, transportation, and later in the day for your reception.
At the beginning of planning the most important items to work out on your agenda are: ceremony start and end time, posed photos before and after your ceremony, cocktail hour start and end time, reception start and end time. Once you’ve penciled in these significant time stamps, you’ll be in a great place to move forward hiring vendors and scheduling transportation!
We’ve named signature cocktails after them; dressed them in bow ties and floral collars; their likeness has even been printed on fabric. Cheers to our beloved pooches!
Brittany and Andrew’s dog Henry inspired the signature cocktails (the “Henry” and “Henrietta”) at their fall wedding at Tuckahoe Plantation. One of our favorite printers created gold foil stamped drink stirrers in Henry’s likeness to dress up the (incredibly yummy) signature cocktails created by our go-to local caterer.
Megan and Will’s labs joined us for cocktail hour. We hired a professional dog handler to help us that evening — always a good idea to have a professional on hand dedicated exclusively to the bride and groom’s pups.
A Virginia artist hand illustrated a custom monogram for Katie and Joel, which included their pooch — you can see him just below the shield that surrounds the couples initials. So beloved was this pup that he made it onto Joel’s cummerbund and bow tie, both of which were custom-made by a local designer.
Cheers to our clients’ sweet pups and the fun they bring to celebrations! xoxo
We love how these chic acrylic accents add a quick dose of glamour to parties!
1- Alison Events; 2- KT Merry + Strawberry Milk Events; 3- Rachel Ellen Events + Jessica Kettle Photography; 4- Table cards designed by Twinkle & Toast via Exquisite Weddings Magazine; 5- Southern Fried Paper + Thisbe Grace Photography
It’s all smooth sailing with these “knotical” details!
1 & 5 invitation suite designed by holly hollon and photographed by lauren kinsey; 2 – table number; 3 – nautical bunting Ingalls Photography; 4 – table designed by Alison Events and photographed by Mel Barlow
We love to tie a little something special on the bride and groom’s chairs, whether it is as simple as a double faced satin ribbon tied in a bow, a trinket that ties into the design or an embellishment, like a hand embroidered sash. Sweet details like these bring the design to life!